UK MOBILE OPERATOR Vodafone has pledged to expand its 5G trial to a total of 19 cities in Blighty this year.
Voda kickstarted the "first" trial of full 5G in the UK in Salford, Manchester back in October, and since then sites have gone live in Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool. Engineers have also installed 5G antennas in Birmingham, Glasgow, and London ahead of a forthcoming switch-on.
The firm announced on Thursday that it'll soon be pushing the hyperfast network to more parts of Blighty, including Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
Voda boasts that all sites are connected to its optical fibre network that's capable of speeds up to 10 gigabits per second, adding that it's currently "rigorously testing" the performance of 5G smartphones, processors and routers at its Newbury HQ.
This is likely a nod to its work with Qualcomm, which has seen the two firms buddy-up to test 5G on a dummy smartphone that comes kitted out with Qualcomm's 5G-ready Snapdragon X50 modem.
"This means customers can be assured that the service will work seamlessly when launched later in 2019," Vodafone said.
Once it does arrive, the network is promising that 5G speeds will be around "10 times faster" than 4G and will also deliver response times of less than five milliseconds into smart factories, connecting robots and mobile machines.
Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer Executive Scott Petty said: "Our multi-billion-pound network investment and leading position in setting global standards will ensure our customers have the very latest 5G releases and technology.
"5G will also usher in a new era where everyone and everything is better connected, whether you are running a hotel in Portsmouth or broadcasting live at MediaCity in Salford." µ
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